Portrait Painting in Oils – Term 1 2024 (Mon 6pm)

Portrait Painting in Oils – Term 1 2024 (Mon 6pm)

$345.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Rebecca Hastings
Mon 19 Feb – Mon 8 Apr  (excluding public holiday, 11 Mar & 1 Apr)
6.00pm – 9.00pm 
Level – Intermediate

This course is suitable for beginners who have completed Introduction to Oil Painting and/or Oil Painting Fundamentals (or equivalent), and have continued to develop their skills by applying this knowledge to their own painting projects. Students will work from their own photographic reference to complete a realistic portrait employing an indirect (layered) painting approach. The course includes instruction on preparing the ground, the initial tonal underpainting, and building the surface through successive layers. As well as practical demonstrations and individual instruction, Rebecca will share the development of her own portrait, working at the same pace as students.

Please Note – Portrait Brief
Students are encouraged to paint a self-portrait, in preference to a portrait of a friend or family member, as this reduces the pressure to create a flattering likeness. Even though a self-portrait is very personal, students tend to approach their painting with greater objectivity and willingness to take risks. This ultimately enhances learning, and a more successful portrait.

Participants are required to bring along a selection of portrait photographs for consideration. These should clearly depict the head and shoulders and showing contrasting tonal values; a varied mix of light and shaded areas around the face. Photographs which show detail in the shadowed areas, but which are not too exposed in the lighter areas will be suitable. Blurry photographs will not be suitable.
On enrolling, students will receive a more detailed brief to assist in taking and selecting their photographs. Students unable to arrange a high-quality photograph will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of suitable images provided.


Materials required:

Self Portrait Photograph:

  • One A4 high-quality colour photograph* and one A4 high-quality black and photograph* (printed on photocopy paper NOT gloss).


Acrylic Paint:

  • Burnt Sienna*


Oil Paint:

  • Burnt Umber
  • Titanium White
  • Gamblin Flake White Replacement
  • Mars Black
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Permanent
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Lemon Yellow



  • Round synthetic bristle brush size 0
  • Flat or Bright synthetic bristle brushes sizes 2, 4, 6, 8.
  • At least one Filbert synthetic bristle brush in a size 4 or 6.
  • Mont Marte Gesso Brush Set 3pk*

(An approximation of these brush sizes will be suitable.)

In addition to these materials, students are encouraged to bring along any special colours or brushes they already have.



  • Odourless solvent 500mls (Langridge Low Toxic Solvent or Langridge Solvent 75 recommended).
    Langridge Low Toxic Underpainting Medium 100 ml
    Langridge Low Toxic Painting Medium 100 ml



  • 1-2 sheets A3 oil sketch/canvas paper (a larger sheet cut to size is also acceptable).
  • One 16”x 20” (40 x 50cm) stretched canvas*



  • 2 glass lidded jars
  • Chroma Incredible Brush Cleaner 250mls (or a similar brush soap for cleaning and conditioning brushes)
  • A3 disposable palette
  • A small-medium palette knife
  • 2 small-medium glass jars with lids
  • A HB graphite pencil*
  • 1 stick willow charcoal*
  • A5 Art Journal*
  • Soft t-shirt or cotton rags*
  • Glad Wrap (or equivalent cling film)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler*
  • 3 or 4 Jar or milk bottle lids (washed)
  • 1 Plastic tub such as a margarine container (washed)*
  • 1 sheet each of fine and medium sandpaper*
  • Masking tape

*Materials required for the first class

For all your material needs and advice, Central Artist Supplies is located next to our Administration Office at 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside.
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8.30am-4.00pm, Saturdays 9.00am-12.30pm (9.00am-2.00pm when short courses are running). Phone 08 8271 6912. Email mail@centralartistsupplies.au


Rebecca Hastings is a mid-career South Australian artist working from her home studio in the Adelaide Hills. Hastings holds a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) and a Master of Visual Art (Research). Awards and grants include Art SA Project grants, and a UniSA Graduate Research Travel and Research Support Scholarship enabling a research residency in Japan in 2017. Her work has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize 2015 (National Portrait Gallery, London), and a Finalist in a range of significant art prizes, including the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2021), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2012), the Sulman prize (2014 and 2015), and the Archibald prize (2014). Hastings has exhibited widely, with work held in collections nationally and internationally.



Image: Rebecca Hastings, Due Preparations I, 2023, oil on board, 119.5 x 119.5cm
Categories:Short CoursesOil PaintingPaintingTerm 1 2024
Experience Level:Intermediate
Content Type:Portraiture

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